Local MPs meet Network Rail

On Tuesday 2nd July Jake Berry MP, Nigel Evans MP, Rt Hon Jack Straw MP
and Andrew Lightfoot from Blackburn Council met with Network Rail in the
House of Commons. The meeting covered progress to date on the proposed
improvements to the Manchester to Clitheroe line. Following the meeting
Mr Berry, Mr Evans & Mr Straw commented:

"We very much welcome the progress that has been made on moving the rail

upgrade works forward. It is good news that the Manchester-Clitheroe
project has been prioritised by the Transport for Lancashire Local

Transport Board as one of four schemes with key strategic importance for

the region, to be funded between 2015 - 2019. Based on the update by Paul
Hodson of Network Rail we are pleased that good progress has been made
towards reaching a key decision on the project, based on final costings,
in November of this year. Network Rail are confident the upgrade works

can be aligned with existing track closures in the late spring of 2015

minimising the impact for rail travellers and that the enhanced service

can be introduced within 12 months of those works finishing."